Be part of the 13th Rampenlichter Festival in July 2023 – we are looking for plays that are co-produced with children and young people and in whose development they are significantly involved, or those that were developed by young people or young adults on their own. The invited plays represent current productions that stand for special realizations, topics and realities of life of young people, for diversity and variety on stage and for the special artistic aesthetics of productions with children and young people between 6 and 27 years of age. The overall fourteen days program shows the diversity and also the difference of dance and theatre of children and young people.

Young artists in the spotlight – new ideas and artistic vibes

As a platform for young performing arts, Rampenlichter shows up to 18 different productions from the fields of dance, theatre and dance theatre, which were created with young artists between 6 and 27 years in a variety of contexts and constellations. Invited groups spend an inspiring week full of artistic exchange and mutual inspiration at the festival.

As stage artists, you will set new impulses for dance and theatre with your ideas and productions and meet other dance and theater enthusiasts at the festival in July 2023, with whom you will exchange ideas about your artistic work, work processes, methods and techniques.

We are looking for a mixture of different project contexts, a wide variety of content-related topics and aesthetic realizations. In various productions, in which the adults take a step back in their attitude towards the younger artists, thus creating space for co-production on an equal footing, dance and theatre by children and young people becomes visible. In a joint artistic process, special pieces are created that are shaped by the realities of life, identities, opinions, themes and forms of expression of the young artists.

We focus on plays in which creation young people are significantly involved.

And now STAGE FREE for young performing arts!

Apply now until January 10, 2023 with your plays:


The 13th Rampenlichter Festival will take place in Munich from July 7 to 20, 2023.

There are two ways to participate:

  • as a guest group with a finished piece and a one-week participation at the festival
  • as a guest group from Munich you can apply for a grant from the Stadtjugendamt / Jugendkulturwerk (City Youth Office / Youth Culture Office)
  • as Artists in Residence with a piece in finalization and a 10-day working phase at the festival

The application procedure in 3 steps:


Step 1

Please read the conditions of participation for the application procedure and the performances at the festival carefully in advance. It is a prerequisite for the application that the conditions are fulfilled and the availability of all participants within the festival period is ensured.

Conditions of Participation as Guest Group
Conditions of participation as Artists in Residence

Further information:
Stage and technical information
Frequently asked questions: Rampenlichter-FAQ


Step 2

You can apply via application form:

A link to a video recording of a rehearsal or performance (uncut long shot) should be at hand, as this must be included in the form. Further material or download links can be sent separately.


Step 3

We will inform you by phone or email from January 23, 2023 if you are invited to the Rampenlichter Festival 2023. We expect to inform invited groups by the end of March 2023 in which festival week exactly they have to plan their stay at the festival.


We are looking forward to your application!

Your contact

Anna Wurzbacher

Anna Wurzbacher
a.wurzbacher@rampenlichter.com
Tel. +49 089.52300695